January 16th, 2016 | Uncategorized
I’d say it’s almost common knowledge that I play basketball, with my shoes consistently strung from my bookback and my affinity for my college sweats. 😉 But it was still quite a shock to me when– during an ‘LL.M-Welcome-Back-To-Galway’ Monday night out– a few of my colleagues inquired about the chance of any upcoming home games. In turn, I reported that they were in luck if they’d like to stop by Kingfisher on Saturday, though I hardly expected them to turn up. No expectations = No disappointments. ‘Things come up’. Off-handed suggestions don’t generally garner much thought once the new day dawns. Honestly, there would have been no hard feelings either; it’s all part of the game.
So you could imagine my shock when Ismini messaged me to confirm the location and start time. Ismini, being a recreational swimmer, and Gerry, aside from snooker and a fondness of Minnesota sports, weren’t big on sports let alone avid basketball fans. I grew a bit nervous. It felt like I was about to share a part of myself with my classmates that I hadn’t yet, something deeply personal. I had hoped that I would have a good game and that we would win. But overall, I just hoped they would enjoy themselves and would be glad that they decided to come.
I noticed when they made it through the doors shortly after tip off and tried to stay focused on the floor. In the end, I need not have worried. I played well–notching 18 points, 19 rebounds & 9 blocks–and most importantly Mystics got a home win. When I caught up with them to thank them for coming, they said they were ‘delighted’ to be there. It was a great feeling to be able to share my world with them, knowing that I enjoyed having them there as much as they enjoyed being there.
Victory Scholar: Marritta Gillcrease
Present University: NUI Galway
US League: MAAC
Club/Community Partner: Galway Titans
Alma Mater: Rider University
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland